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Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' is a Coney Island dog

Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' is a Coney Island dog

"Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations", Farrow writes.

Farrow cited statements made by Winslet (who stars in Allen's Wonder Wheel, in theaters now), Lively (who appeared in the director's film Cafe Society), and Gerwig (who costarred in To Rome With Love) against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer who has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than 80 women.

Allen has repeatedly denied Dylan's allegations, suggesting that her mother Mia Farrow planted false memories in her brain out of bitterness (claims that Dylan denies). But it turns out the tragic flaw is Allen's - and I don't just mean his apparent refusal to bother with multiple drafts of a script.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Winslet jokingly said about Allen: "I think on some level Woody is a woman".

I can't think of another celebrated director whose dialogue sounds so written, whose class and dramatic conceits betray such total sequestration from any observable world, whose human observations so utterly fail to bear scrutiny off the screen. "He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well".

Allen has had a bit of a dark cloud hanging over his career the past two decades as he was accused of sexual assault by adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1993. Allen has come full circle and returned to Coney Island in his latest release, "Wonder Wheel", a melancholy romantic comedy-thriller that boasts a likely Oscar-nominated performance from its ballsy female lead, Kate Winslet.

"It is a testament to Allen's public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts", she said. As far as I know, he wasn't convicted of anything. One could say it's trashy fun, akin to a soap opera but with a top-notch writer and director, who may not be in his prime anymore, but here has made his best film since Blue Jasmine. "I could [only] know my experience".

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Much like Wonder Wheel cuts right to the chase and does itself, now is the time to let the cat out of the bag that Mickey is having a fling with Ginny (they wisely make use of his free rainy days to see each other more than usual), and it's something that complicates once he also becomes infatuated with Carolina for the, you guessed it, melodrama surrounding her life.

In case that synopsis buried the lede, yes, you read that correctly: Woody Allen's new movie has a man rejecting a woman for her much younger stepdaughter. "That's all I can say", she added.

That accuser is Woody Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow, who called out Hollywood stars for continuing to work with the iconic filmmaker despite her longstanding allegation that he molested her as a child in 1992.

Soon-Yi married in 1997 and are still together to this day. But whatever flimsy charms Wonder Wheel possesses are so rickety that they end up being liabilities, like bad spokes on the famous Coney Island Ferris wheel from which the movie takes its name.

The director Wednesday Soon-Yi Previn in 1997, a union that also garnered controversy, as Previn is the adopted daughter of Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed, and the reason is simple: "because Woody Allen is innocent". Allen was never prosecuted for the alleged assault and has vigorously denied the claim.

Ultimately, Dylan wants everyone to be aware that while the "system" worked for Harvey Weinstein and other men for decades but eventually crashed, it's still working for Allen today - he's even now shooting a new film with no disruptions, and has said in the past that he's "moved so far past" the allegations made against him.

In 2016, Farrow's brother Ronan, now the author of multiple New Yorker stories on Weinstein and his alleged victims, wrote an essay in The Hollywood Reporter about the alleged incident.


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